This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Navy Speak

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DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January


DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for Boot Camp in January. I will leave the year open so that any future DEPpers leaving in the month of January of any year can join.Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions!

Members: 632
Latest Activity: Mar 1

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of January (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

If you have January ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in January, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves (Click on the link.)

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

***New news just out today (9/25/19) from the US Navy Recruit Training Command FaceBook page:
Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

***It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

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Comment by Njoy114 on January 14, 2020 at 2:02pm

Hello, everyone, I have one 1day before my son leaves and it is very bittersweet but I am beyond proud of him for making the decision to serve.  Not sure what to expect but hope that I will learn from this group.#proudnavymom

Comment by HeelerMomma on January 4, 2020 at 11:39pm

2 days and he is off to MEPS and then a plane to Great Lakes.  As prepared as we can be!  Gonna miss my boy, BIG TIME but I am so PROUD of him. #proudnavymom

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 25, 2019 at 11:54am

January is right around the corner.  Be sure your future Sailor is preparedl

***It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Comment by Nursenancy on February 19, 2019 at 12:32pm

I just had to cancel our reservation at the Navy Lodge for March 21-25 if anyone was trying to book a room for that weekend.  Hoping I get to have a new reservation when I hear his new PIR date and get his address!

Comment by Heather on February 19, 2019 at 1:58am

NJMamaDar , Yeah my son stated that he thinks about 30 are being asmoed? I think that's what they call it. His exact words "will be dropped". He is worried also that he isn't going to pass the running. He is under a minute off. I told him its all ok. He is a bit congested, had 4 wisdom teeth pulled and he is all stressed out. I told him as soon as his body healed and he relaxed he would do fine, and don't stress if we have to change our travel date we can. its easy since we are driving. It will be a long trip, but I didn't want to have to stress about maybe cancelations, things running late ect. 

They should view them selves through our eyes, so they can see how strong they actually are and all we know they can accomplish. Wishing you and your son the best. 

Comment by Holly on February 17, 2019 at 8:55pm

Anyone in Ship 3 Div 139?

Comment by NJMamaDar on February 17, 2019 at 8:47pm
Heather, I got my call too! Saturday around 3 EST. He sounded pretty much the same as your son. He was very blue and concerned that we may have scheduled our flight already. He's afraid he isn't going to make it. It broke my heart to hear him like that. I tried my best to convince him it is all going to be ok. He just needs to get his head back in the game. He said his division is dropping like flies.
Comment by Heather on February 17, 2019 at 3:30pm

Yayyy. I recieved my call.. It was Great hearing from him. He called during sat night church service. What can I say the Lord has good . He was crying and home sick, but by the end of the call he was laughing and calmer. Ohh it was so good to hear his voice.I have him focusing on graduation and seeing us.Whats the weather usually like at the end of March in great lakes anyone know?

Comment by lemonelephant on February 16, 2019 at 2:05am

Oliveoil, I put info on your My Page.

Comment by Oliveoil on February 15, 2019 at 11:37am

My son arrived boot camp 1/16, PIR for his division is 3/15, have NOT gotten The Form Letter yet, how to move forward or who do I contact?


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